Last week at Georgetown, Christina Hoff Sommers spoke at an event and some students responded with trigger warnings and exclaimed that her mere presence constituted “violence”.
Tonight she is speaking at Oberlin College, a bastion of liberalism in northern Ohio. She is a guest of the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians.
Sommers does not deny that sexual assault is a problem. But she does contend that a recent study inaccurately and grossly overstates the number of victims, and that there is a danger in using questionable data to combat the problem.
For example, if a married couple has been drinking and then have consensual sex, that is an instance of rape according to the study.
For simply pointing out these flaws in the study, radical feminists have rabidly attacked Sommers and attempted to silence her. According to them, her mere presence at the university to speak constitutes a “rape culture”. All because she contends that statistical reporting of rape should be accurate and use common sense.
Not surprisingly, many in the audience were quite rude and frequently interrupted Sommers. Many students sat in the audience with duct tape over their mouths, inferring that Sommers’ mere presence was an attempt to silence them. Ironically, by labeling her a “rapist supporter” and interrupting her, they were actually striving to silence her.
For most in the audience, rational discussion of facts is not even welcome.
Example: Sommers discussed the myth of the wage gap and explained that, in general, women choose to follow career paths that pay less than men. More women choose to study arts and humanities, while men are more likely to study engineering and science. Since there is more of a need and demand in the job market for technological expertise, people (men AND women) who go into engineering will earn more than people (men AND women) who major in art history, for example.
When she suggested that women could earn more and close the wage gap by changing their majors to something like engineering, many in the audience jeered loudly and exclaimed “Don’t tell me what to do!!”.
There is more at the link, including pictures of the signs that were posted to protest Ms. Sommers appearance.
My mom was a real feminist. When she started working (back when I was just a baby) it was the Mad Men era, where male bosses called secretaries “Honey” and patted them on the butt. As a single mom she couldn’t get a credit card. Married women couldn’t get credit in their own names. Years later when she divorced my step-dad she kept his last name because all her credit was in her married name.
She still uses that name. Years after my grandpa died I saw my grandma’s name in the paper as “Mrs. George Burdett” because that’s how married women and widows were formally addressed.
My mom was a second-wave feminist. She never burned her bras but she joined NOW and was active in other women’s groups and helped campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. The amendment failed but things changed for the better.
Today’s feminism has lost its way. They call disagreeing with them “hate speech” and “violence.”
My mom no longer calls herself a feminist.